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9/11’s Lingering Cloud | June 22, 2007

It has been a cruel year for 5-year-old Tylerann Zadroga, and last week proved especially difficult. At her suburban New Jersey day care center, Tylerann could only watch as the other children made Father’s Day cards.

“She’s been upset the last few days,” said her grandfather, Joseph Zadroga. “She’s really been missing him.”

Tylerann’s dad, James Zadroga died last year at the age of 34. A decorated NYPD detective, the 9/11 rescue worker’s death was the first to be directly linked to exposure to the toxic air at ground zero. (Zadroga’s wife died of a heart ailment in 2005, leaving the job of raising Tylerann to her grandparents.)

Seventeen months after James Zadroga died of a respiratory disease triggered by World Trade Center toxins, doctors and politicians have gradually awakened to the ballooning health crisis stemming from the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. The debilitating — and increasingly deadly — illnesses plaguing recovery workers are now well documented.

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